What if Hipster Brands Went Mainstream?

Some brands just get copied, others just get the munchies, but these brands have decided to go mainstream. It’s a rough road to take in our designer coffee, typography loving hip culture, but somebody had to do it.

What Not To Wear To Stores

Have you ever been out shopping and noticed another customer staring over at you with a perplexed look on their face? You look over at them, give a small nod and smile, then go back to digging through the t-shirts at Urban Outfitters looking for the right size — even though you know everyone already has the ‘Pugs, Not Drugs’ shirt (since when did pugs become so cool anyways? Ugh, mouth breathers). They come over and kindly ask if you have x shirt in a medium. At first you don’t hear them, shrugging it off to them speaking a different form of English than you. But, it happens again; they ask the same question. Which is right around the time you begin losing your cool.

Tearing Through: Portraits by Bec Wonders

Like personalities tearing off their external masks, these wild portraits reveal the person inside the person. Bec Wonders, the talent behind these works and the face you see above, has combined her excellent, moody portrait photography with paint in this new experimental series. This is an up and coming artist to watch, see much more of her work at becwonders.blogspot.com

Beautiful Chaos: Watercolor Paintings by Lora Zombie

Lora Zombie calls her bright, color splattered watercolors “grunge art” but I’m fairly sure you could label it anything from “magnetic” to “uplifting” and be right on. Her speech bubble heavy works, mix diverse linear characters with perfectly placed splashes of paint, giving the pieces a happy mix of perfection and chaos. If you cruise by her website, lorazombie.com or DeviantArt, you’ll find a plethora of other work with new pieces from her latest show at Mart Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia. See the bottom of this post for an intimate look at Lora creating her piece “Love Shock.”

Expressions Of Love With A Nerdy Twist

Now here are some posters to warm the heart of any proud nerd! Nicole Martinez, an illustrator, art director and graphic designer from Boston says this of the inspiration behind the prints:

“My boyfriend and I came up with the phrase ‘nerdy dirty’ a while ago because we would say such nerdy things when we were trying to be romantic,” says Nicole. “So when I got the urge to design something sweet I could only think of things like ‘Aorta tell you how much I love you.’ Hence, the Nerdy Dirty poster series was born.”

Awesome But True: Colored Pencil Illustrations

Coming straight from a colored pencil parallel universe, the artwork of Awesome But True is part high-school nostalgia and part psychedelic mind bender. Featuring a host of imaginative, undefinable characters while showing no fear of many vibrant colors, the pieces have been buzzing around Portland Oregon. Get more trippy goodness from artist Sean Christensen at seanchristensen.blogspot.com or on Flickr.

The Illustration and Character Design of Josh Holland

Josh Holland says he got his artistic start drawing Sesame Street characters from memory, creating “Crayola caked” notebooks in the process. It’s good to see young enthusiasm pay off. His vibrant illustrations play with pop culture references and often center on catchy character design. You can see more of his 2D work, along with giant size plush sculptures at art.josholland.com

A New Voice for Vintage Paintings

Using vintage lithographic reproductions of romantic 19th century paintings, artist Wayne White inserts his own bold phrases and words. His careful attention to details like reflection and shadow make the images appear as if this was the way they were originally intended. White seems far from stopping on this typographical remix project: find many more of his “Word Paintings” at waynewhiteart.com.